PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Sophomore guards Eli Carter (Paterson, N.J.) and Myles Mack (Paterson, N.J.) combined to shoot 14-of-29, including 6-of-9 from behind the arc, to score 35 points in leading Rutgers (8-2) to a convincing 79-55 win over Howard Friday evening at the RAC. It marked the eighth victory in nine games for the Scarlet Knights, who shot 60 percent (33-55) from the field for a second consecutive game.
Carter was 8-of-15 to post a game-high 20 points with three steals in 29 minutes. Mack made 6-of-9 field goals with four assists in 26 minutes. Junior forward Wally Judge (Washington, D.C) joined the St. Anthony duo in double digits with 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting with six rebounds.
Twelve players saw action for the Scarlet Knights and 10 registered points. RU committed just nine turnovers, its second fewest miscues this season.
The teams battled back and forth early. Despite the Scarlet Knights making nine of their initial 14 FGAs, the Bison would not be deterred. Howard held a 22-21 lead with under eight minutes to play before the break. Rutgers answered with an 8-0 run and never looked back.
The home squad built its advantage to double digits on multiple occasions before taking a 37-28 lead into the locker room at halftime. Both squads shot better than 50 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
The final 20 minutes was colored Scarlet. A Carter layup with 18:45 to go produced a 39-29 lead and the advantage would never again slip into single digits. Rutgers stretched the lead to 23 points multiple times, but the final score, 79-55, proved the largest deficit of the evening for the Bison.
The visitors were led in the scoring column by Anton Dickerson, who posted 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
Rutgers returns to the hardwood on Friday, Dec. 28, to host Garden State rival Rider in a 3 p.m. tip-off at the RAC. The radio call of the contest will be streamed live via ScarletKnights.com.
- RU shot 60 percent from the floor for the second-straight game. It marks the first time that RU has shot 60% or better multiple times in a season since 1998-99, when the Scarlet Knights shot 60% or better three times.
- Rutgers has shot over 50 percent from the field four times this season. RU went 33-for-55 (.600) from the floor vs. Howard. The Scarlet Knights shot over 50 percent four times last season, winning all four games.
- The Scarlet Knights turned the ball over just nine times, the second time this season (Sacred Heart) that RU has posted less than 10 miscues.
- The 13 team steals marked the fourth time this season RU has grabbed 10-plus thefts.
- Eli Carter (20) and Myles Mack (15) have recorded double-figures in each of the last nine contests.
- Carter has scored at least 20 points in 10 games over his career, including five this season.
- RU moves to 8-1 this season when Mack posts 10-plus points. The sophomore has tallied double-figures in 24 games over his career.
- Of the 12 players that saw action, 10 scored and eight posted at least five points.
- The Scarlet Knights move to 6-1 when three or more players score 10-plus points.
- Wally Judge posted double-digits for the fourth time this season with 12 points. The forward paced RU in rebounding for the fifth time this season with six boards.
- Judge shot 6-for-6 from the floor, the second time this season a Scarlet Knight has posted a perfect field goal percentage with five-plus shots (Dane Miller).
- RU rises to 6-0 when scoring 75-plus points this season.
- The Scarlet Knights shot 8-of-12 from behind the arc (.667), the best three point field goal percentage since at Seton Hall on Feb. 25, 2012 (.667, 10-for-15).
- RU forced 18 turnovers, converting the miscues into 28 points.
- For the first time this season, Rutgers shot less free throws than its opponent.
INTERIM HEAD COACH DAVID COX POST-GAME QUOTES
Opening Statement: “We’ll take the victory. I think we continued to show some progress offensively. We’re sharing the game. We’re playing inside-out. We’re executing a little bit better. Today, finally, we took care of the ball a little bit better, only nine turnovers. So, that’s good. Defensively, we are still a work in progress. They shot 55 percent in the first half, which is completely unacceptable. Especially for a team who does not shoot the ball well. We came out of the second half with a little more focus, a lot better effort. They started out 1-for-11, we expanded the lead and then held on from there. There were some good signs, individually. I’d like to point out Derrick Randall, who gave us a lot of energy. Kadeem Jack is continuing to progress as a player. Myles (Mack) and Eli (Carter) were very solid again. Wally (Judge) was 6-for-6 with six rebounds today. He’s really starting to come into his own. Our focus now will be getting a couple days of rest and then worrying about Rider.”
On high shooting percentage: “They seem relaxed out there. They are trusting one another out there a little bit more, so they are getting off the ball. Earlier in the year, we were pigs. We were all trying to make a play. Now, we’re trusting the play and trusting one another and sharing the game. When that happens, it is usually contagious. When the ball goes in, that helps and the ball has been going in for us. We’ll bottle that up and take it with us into BIG EAST play.”